A three-quarter bathrooms simple layout covers the basics: toilet, sink, shower. Interesting tilework and updated fixtures can dress up this mainly functional space.
Ideal for overnight guests or as the second bathroom—or perhaps the third full bath in a house—this configuration is designed around utility. The idea is to get in, do your thing, and get out: toilet, sink, shower—keep it simple. This basic theme doesn’t mean the space has to be boring. Interesting tilework, updated fixtures, a high-drama mirror or decorative light fixture will dress up this down-and-dirty space.
Chances are, this is not your main family bathroom, and you might also have the luxury of a master bath in your home, as well. Still, by focusing some attention to detail in this bathroom, you can convert a purely functional space into a comfortable, stylish place to take care of your everyday bathroom activities.
Inspired by the clean, rectilinear lines, this guest bathroom was remodeled in a midcentury-modern style paired with shades of black, white and gray. Its neutral palette allows for accessories in virtually any accent color. The violet accents give an overall masculine appearance. By switching the accents out for hot pink, sea foam or lavender, however, the space can easily take on a more feminine feeling.
Questions to Ask
- Is this your primary bathroom?
- How many people use this bathroom, and what are their ages?
- Do the people using this bath have physical limitations/special requirements?
- Is this a main floor bathroom, or located in a basement or upstairs (away from main traffic)?
- What is the key purpose for this bathroom: for “basic” activities, or do you want to expand its functionality so it is more of a retreat?
- What styles appeal to you? (color scheme, finishes)
Shower extras. You can elevate the basic shower to an “experience” shower by opting for a couple now-affordable extras, such as a rain shower head or hand showers.
Good medicine. The medicine cabinet is making a come-back, but updated designs are deep enough to include electrical outlets so appliances can stay plugged in all the time. The benefit of this cabinet configuration is its space-saving nature. You get the mirror plus storage without sacrificing wall space.
Natural light. Skylights and enlarged windows open up a small bathroom and bring the outside in, adding character to a “basic” space.
Other considerations. This space is probably too small to create a separate room-within-a-room for the toilet, but you can still hide the loo with a layout that positions the commode so it’s not the first feature you see when you walk through the door.
Sleek cabinets made from exotic wood veneer dress up under-sink storage. “We’re getting away from the panels and trim,” says Rick Miller, president, Miller’s Fancy Bath & Kitchen. “Veneers are easier to maintain than a raised-panel door, and they’re a transition look between contemporary and traditional.”
Picture-frame mirrors are a pleasing statement piece in a simple bathroom design.
Clean lines and an open look bring a transitional style to this bathroom. The wall is all the same color and size tiles, but the bottom third is a bevel edge tile while the rest is flat tile, adding texture to the space.
The narrow trough-like sink saves space and makes this small guesthouse bathroom appear longer and larger. The shelves below the sink also add openness and storage space. The white pebbled floor provides texture, and the light-green shower tiles add a pop of color.
Custom sconces and oversized crown molding give character to this bathroom designed by Kenneth Brown. The glass shower doors and counter-to-ceiling mirror keep the space open and make it appear larger.
This bathroom features a performance shower with floor-to-ceiling marble tile and a frameless shower. The bathroom, designed by Shane Inman, also has a custom-designed vanity with a tiled backsplash that complements the shower.
This spa-like bathroom consists of chamomile tea-color glass tiles that create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. The colored tiles complement the white lacquer vanity and the mirrored medicine cabinet adds luminosity to the space.
Silver-blue paint, black-and-white marble floor tile and subway wall tile add retro charm to this bathroom designed by Amy Bubier. Although this space incorporates many patterns, such as the vase and tiled floors, the simple color palette makes it work.
Upscale finishes make this guest bathroom luxurious. A beautifully textured custom-made concrete countertop and shower bench are combined with wenge wood cabinetry, gray porcelain tile and large glass tile to provide a simple but multilayered space.
This bathroom, designed by Linda Maglia, is both modern and traditional with limestone counters and Carrara marble tiles. The white cabinetry and toilet balance out the darker shower tiles, giving the space a spa-like, relaxing feeling.
Textures and patterns add visual interest to this modern space, while the clean lines of the fixtures allow the tilework and wood tones to become a focal point.
This traditional bathroom is sophisticated and stylish with an embossed silver-and-bronze wall covering that complements the decorative mirror and light fixtures.